Please pray for our church

In God’s providence, this year has turned out to be a real rollercoaster for our home church (Howick Baptist). In March, our Associate Pastor Joe Fleener announced that after seeking much counsel and prayer, he had accepted a call to plant a church in Rolleston. I had the privilege of serving alongside him to help organise this year’s Stand Conference, before […]

What dangerous idea has the greatest potential to change the world for the better?

These were my notes when opening this morning’s Easter Sunday service at HBC. Christ is risen; He is risen indeed! I’d like to ask you a question this morning: “What dangerous idea has the greatest potential to change the world for the better?” Four panellists were asked this question late last year in a Q&A […]

Census 2013: NZ no longer a “Christian” nation, more Buddhists than Baptists

Some might argue that it never was, but the results from the 2013 Census has been released. For the stats geeks you can see the tabulated data here: http://www.stats.govt.nz/Census/2013-census/data-tables/total-by-topic.aspx I’m sure someone will create pretty infographics in time, but for now here are some stats that caught my attention: 2 out of 5 respondents (41.92%) identified as […]

Taipei so far

We're currently visiting relatives in Taipei, Taiwan. It's Cheryl and E's first time in Taiwan, while the last time I was there was 8 years ago. Back then, I was 20, single, still in uni, and still a baby Christian, as it were (Here's a photo with my brother Henry on the right, and my […]

Claire’s wedding, clear teaching, Cornerstone

When the invite for our friend Claire’s wedding came through, I had just applied all my annual leave for an upcoming family holiday to Taiwan. Yet we eventually decided to travel down to Christchurch for it (Saturday morning in, Sunday afternoon out). Stayed at a motel on Riccarton which my brother-in-law David kindly booked for […]

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